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Eastsound

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Eastsound is on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. It is the largest population center on Orcas Island, the second-most populated (after San Juan Island) and physically largest of the San Juan Islands.

view of the harbor from Eastsound's historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Understand[edit]

Eastsound's central and picturesque location make it a popular place to visit in the San Juan Islands.

History[edit]

Steamboats of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet used to dock at East Sound, one such vessel was the Sioux, a steel steamship built in 1910 and running out of Bellingham under the ownership of the Black Ball Line.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

If Orcas Island is shaped like a horse shoe, then Eastsound is located in the middle of the curve. Orcas Road is the main road through town.

By shuttle[edit]

  • [dead link] Orcas Island Shuttle, +1 360 376-RIDE (7433), . June 26-September 6, 2010. This shuttle runs five round-trips a day during the summer, between the ferry landing and Moran State Park. Stops at Rosario Resort, Cascade Harbor Inn / Discovery House, Moran State Park, Country Corner / Inn At Ship Bay, Airport, Eastsound / Outlook Inn, Golf Course, West Sound, Deer Harbor, Ferry dock. Driving tours on compact disc also available. $6 one-way, $12 day pass..

By seaplane[edit]

By boat[edit]

  • Rosario Resort Marina (located on protected Cascade Bay halfway up East Sound's eastern shore on Orcas Island at the historic Moran Mansion on East Sound.), +1 360 376-2152, . The marina offers over 36 slips and eight mooring buoys. Has fuel dock, trash services, power and water. 26’ Slip - $45.00, 32’ Slip - $55.00, 40’ Slip - $65.00, 58’ Slip - $75.00, 59'-130' - $1.50 per foot, 4 hours free usage use channel VHF 78A.

Get around[edit]

By bike[edit]

Perhaps the most pleasant way to get around the island, especially if you aren't in a hurry, is by bicycle. You can bring your own bike on the ferry, or rent one at various outlets around the island.

  • Wildlife Cycles, 350 North Beach Rd, +1 360-376-4708. A full Service Bicycle Shop - Rentals, Sales, Repairs, Accessories.

See[edit]

Historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church. constructed in 1885, the church is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Darvill's Book Store, 296 Main St, +1 360 376-2135. classic island book store with lots of great books, cards, and gifts. A great place for a cup of afternoon tea or the perfect place to enjoy a double espresso while staring out at the bay.

Eat[edit]

  • Allium Restaurant, 310 Main St, +1 360 376-4904. popular refined menu, might cost more than some of the other restaurants in town but worth every penny.
  • Rose's Bakery & Cafe, 382 Prune Alley, +1 360 376-5805. family friendly combo bakery, deli, kitchen supply shop that is nice inside and has a nice selection of local shellfish on the menu.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

The Moran Mansion at the Rosario Resort
  • 1 Golden Tree Hostel, 1159 N Beach Rd, +1 360 317-8693, . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. The only hostel on the island; dorms, private rooms, and an outdoor dome available for sleeping accommodations. The hostel also has a kitchen, sauna, hot tub, pool table, fire pit, free wifi, computer station, towel rentals, and bike rentals. $35 dorm beds, $80 private rooms, $85 dome.
  • 2 Rosario Resort and Spa, 1400 Rosario Rd, +1 360 376-2222, toll-free: +1-800-562-8820. Perhaps the most famous resort on any of the San Juan Islands, this grand hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has its own restaurants, spa, marina and sea plane launch. built by the well known Seattle ship builder Thomas Moran in 1905, the Moran Mansion—surrounded at that time by 7,800 acres (32 km2) of land—that is now the centerpiece of Rosario Resort. Rosario (Q25247945) on Wikidata Rosario (estate) on Wikipedia

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Go next[edit]

Eastsound is located on Orcas Island and has easy access to Moran State Park.

This city travel guide to Eastsound is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.